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Lilja (‘Lily’) — Anon LilVII

Martin Chase 2007, ‘(Introduction to) Anonymous, Lilja’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 544-677.

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Skj: Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja (AII, 363-95, BII, 390-416)

SkP info: VII, 620-1

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51 — Anon Lil 51VII

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Cite as: Martin Chase (ed.) 2007, ‘Anonymous Poems, Lilja 51’ in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Poetry on Christian Subjects. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 7. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 620-1.

Yfirmeistarinn allra lista,
Jésús góðr, er lífgar þjóðir,
veittu mier stilla og stýra,
steflig orð megi tungan efla.
Æfinliga með lyftum lófum,
lof ræðandi, á knie sín bæði
skepnan öll er skyld falla,
skapari minn, fyrir ásjón þinni.

 

Highest master of all arts, good Jesus, who gives people life, grant me to compose and arrange, [that] my tongue might be able to command words for a stef. Unceasingly, with lifted hands, uttering praise, all creation should fall on both its knees, my Creator, before your face.

notes: This st., the midpoint of the drápa, introduces the second stef. Paasche comments (1957, 534-5) that form and content here fall together: the structural midpoint of the poem describes the midpoint and turning point of salvation history. Christ is on the Cross, time is suspended, and everything hangs in balance. The second half of the drápa begins like a new poem with a ‘topic of the exordium’ (Curtius 1953, 85-9), a prayer for eloquence (cf. st. 2). — [7-8]: Cf. Arngr Gd 56/7-8IV skepnan öll verðr skyld at halda | ... sínum vilja ‘all creation is obliged to observe ... his will’.

editions: Skj Eysteinn Ásgrímsson: Lilja 51 (AII, 379-80; BII, 403-4); Skald II, 220.

sources

Holm perg 1 fol (Bb) 115ra, 23 - 115ra, 27  transcr.  image  image  
AM 99 a 8° (99a) 10v, 9 - 10v, 15  transcr.  image  image  
AM 622 4° (622) 32, 7 - 32, 11  transcr.  image  
AM 713 4° (713) 10, 17 - 10, 20  transcr.  image  image  image  
Vísnabók (Vb) 251 - 251  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x) 121, 21 - 122, 5  transcr.  image  
DKNVSB 41 8°x (41 8°x) 136, 12 - 136, 14 [5-8]  transcr.  image  
AM 705 4°x (705x) 13r - 13v  transcr.  
BLAdd 4892 (4892) 33r - 33r  transcr.  image  
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